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and with all the soul, and with all the might. But the acceptable way of worshipping the true God is instituted by himself, and so limited by his own revealed will, that he may not be worshipped according to the imaginations
ther man or woman. Ver. 16. And his mother that begat him shall
the world are clearly seen, being ed it, and burnt it at the brook understood by the things that are Kidron. Dan. iii. 29. Therefore I made, even his eternal power and make a decree, That every people, Godhead ; so that they are without nation, and language, which speak
Acts xvii. 24. God, that any thing amiss against the God of made the world, and all things Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, therein, seeing that he is Lord of shall be cut in pieces, and their heaven and earth, dwelleth' not in houses shall be made a dùnghill ; - 'temples made with hands.
Psal. because there is no other god that
cxix. 68. Thou art good, and doest can deliver after this sort. 1 Tim. good : teach me thy statutes. Jer. ii. 2. For kings, and for all that X. 7. Who would not fear thee, O are in authority ; that we may lead King of nations ? for to thee doth a quiet and peaceable life in all it appertain : forasmuch as among godliness and honesty. Isa. xlix. 23. all the wise men of the nations, And kings shall be thy nursing and in all their kingdoms, there fathers, and their queens thy nurs
is none like unto thee. Psal. xxxi. 23. ing-mothers ; they shall bow down
o love the Lord, all ye his saints: to thee with their face toward the for the Lord preserveth the faithearth, and lick up the dust of thy ful, and plentifully rewardeth the feet, and thou shalt know that I proud doer.
Psal. xviii. 3. I will am the Lord: for they shall not
call upon the Lord, who is worbe ashamed that wait for me.
thy to be praised ; so shall I be Zech. xiii. 2. And it shall come to
saved from mine enemies. Rom. pass in that day, saith the Lord of
x. 32. For there is no difference hosts, that I will cut off the names
betwixt the Jew and the Greek ; of the idols out of the land, and
for the same Lord over all is they shall no more be remembered: and also I will cause the prophets
rich unto all that call upon him.
Psal. Ixii. 8. Trust in him at all and the unclean spirit to pass out
times ; ye people, pour out your Ver. 3. And it shall heart before him ; God is a recome to pass, that when any shall
fuge for us. Josh. xxiv. 14. Now yet prophesy, then his father and
therefore fear the Lord, and serve his mother that begat him shall
him in sincerity and in truth, and say unto him, Thou shalt not live; for thou speakest lies in the name
put away the gods which your
fathers served on the other side of the Lord: and his father and of the food, and in Egypt :
of the land.
and devices of men, or the suggestions of Satan, under any visible representation, or any other way not prescribed in the holy scripture b.
II. Religious worship is to be given to God, the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost; and to him alone : not to angels, saints, or any other creatured: and, since the fall, not
serve ye the Lord. Mark xii. 33. fourth generation of them that And to love him with all the heart, hate me: Ver. 6. And shewing and with all the understanding, mercy unto thousands of them that and with all he smul, and with love me, and keep my commandall the strength, and to love his
Col. ii. 23. Which things neighbour as himself, is
have indeed a shéw of wisdon in than all whole burnt-offerings and will-worship and humility, and sacrifices.
neglecting of the body, not in b Deut. xii. 32. What thing so
any honour to the satisfying of the ever I command you, observe to flesh. do it: thou shalt not add thereto, II. Matth. iv, 10. (See before in nor diminish froin it. Marth. xv. 9.
letter b.] With John v. 23. That But in vain they do worship me,
all men should honour the Son, teaching for doctrines the conimand
even 'as they honour the Father. ments of
Acts xvii. 25. He that honoureth not the Son, Neither 'is worshipped with men's
honoureth not the Father which hands, as though he needed any
hath sent him. And 2 Cor. xiii. 14. thing, seeing he giveth to all lifé, The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and breath, and all thingsa' Matth. and the love of God, and the comiv. 9. And saith unto him, All
munion of the Holy Ghost, be with these things will I give thee, if you all. Amen. thou wilt fall down and worship
d Col. i. 18. Let no man beVer. 10. Then saith Jesus un
guile you of your reward, in a to him, Get thee hence, Satan : for voluntary humility, and worshipping it is written, Thou shalt worship of angels, intruding into those the Lord thy God, and him only things which he hath not seen, shalt thou serve. (Deut. xv. to the vainly puffed up by his fleshly 20th Verse] Exod. xx. 4. Thou mind. Rev. xix. 10. And I fell shalt not make unto thee any
at his feet to worship him : and graven image, or any likeness of he said unto me, See thou do it any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or
not; I am thy fellow-servant, and that is in the water under the
of thy brethren that have the earth.
testimony of Jesus: worship God: Ver. 5. Thou shalt not
for the testimony of Jesus is the bow down hyself to them, nor serve them : for I the Lord thy
spirit of prophecy. God am a jealous God, visiting
Who changed the truth of God inthe iniquity of the fathers upon
to a lie, and worshipped and served the children unto the third and
the creature more than the Creator,
Rom. i. 25.
without a Mediator; nor in the mediation of any other but of Christ alone
III. Prayer, with thanksgiving, being one special part of religious worship', is by God required of all mening and, that it may be accepted, it is to be made in the name of the Son", by the help of his Spirit', according to his will*, with understanding, reverence, humility, fervency, faith, love, and perseverance'; and, if vocal, in a known tongue
e John xiy. 6. Jesus saith unto
with groanings which cannot be him, I am the way, and the truth, uttered. and the life: no man cometh unto
kl John v. 14. And this is the the Father but by me.
1 Tiin. ii. 5. confidence that we have in him, For there is one God, and one
that if we ask any thing according Mediator between God and men,
to his will, he heareth us. the man Christ Jesus. Eph. ii. 18.
| Psal. xlvii. 7. For God is the For through him we both have an king of all the earth: sing ve access by
one Spirit unto the Father. praises with understanding. Eccl. Col. ii. 17. And whatsoever ye do
Keep thy foot when thou goest in word or deed, do all in the name
to the house of God, and be more of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to
ready to hear, than to give the sacriGod and the Father by him.
fice of fools: for they consider not III, f Phil. iv. 6. Be careful for
that they do evil. Ver. 2. Be not nothing : but in every thing by rash with thy mouth, and let not prayer and supplication with thankso thine heart be hasty to utter any giving, let your requests be made thing before God: for God is in known unto God.
heaven, and thou upon earth : there& Psal. Ixy. 2. O thou that hear
fore let thy words be few. Heb. est prayer, unto thee shall all flesh xii. 28. Wherefore, we receiving a
kingdom which cannot be moved, h John xiv. 13. And whatsoever
let us have grace, whereby we may ye shall ask in my name, that will
serve God acceptably, with reverence li do that the Father may be glo- and godly fear. Gen. xviii
. 27. And Ver. 14. If ye
Abraham answered and said, Behold shall ask any thing in my name, I
now, I have taken upon me to speak 1 Pet. ii. 5. Ye also,
unto the Lord, which am but dust as lively stones, are built up a spi- and ashes
James v. 16. Confess ritual house, an holy priesthood, to
your faults one to another, and pray offer up spiritual sacrifices, accept
one for another, that ye may be heale able to God by Jesus Christ.
ed: the effectual fervent prayer of a Rom. viii. 26. Likewise the Spi- righteous man availeth much. James rit also helpeth our infirmities: for
i. 6. But let him ask in faith, nowe know not what we should pray
thing wavering : for he that wafor as we ought : but the Spirit
vereth is like a wave of the sea, itself maketh intercession for
driven with the wind, and tossed.
will do it.
IV. Prayer is to be made for things lawful", and for all sorts of men living, or that shall live hereaftero; but not for the dead P, nor for those of whom it may be known that they have sinned the sin unto death?
Ver. 7. For let not that man think vant be blessed for ever. Ruth that he shall receive any thing of iv. 12. And let thy house like the Lord. Mark xi. 24. Therefore the house of Pharez, (whom Tamar I say unto you, What things soever bare
unto Judah;) of the seed ye desire when ye pray, believe which the Lord shall give thee of that ye receive them, and ye shall this young woman. have them. Matth. vi. 12. And P 2 Sam. xii. 21. Then said his forgive us our debts, as we forgive servants unto him, What thing is our debtors. Ver. 14. For if ye
this that thou hast done? Thou forgive men their trespasses, your
didst fast and weep for the child heavenly Father will also forgive while it was alive; but when the you.
Ver. 15. But if ye forgive. child was dead, thou didst rise not men their trespasses, neither and eat bread.
Ver. 22. And he will your Father forgive your tres said, While the child was yet alive, passes. Col. iv. 2. Continue in I fasted and wept: for I said, prayer, and watch in the same with Who can tell whether God will thanksgiving, Eph. vi. 18. Praying be gracious to me, that the child always with all prayer and suppli- may live? Ver. 23. But now he is cation in the Spirit, and watching dead, wherefore should I fast ? can thereunto with all perseverance and
I bring him back again? I shall supplication for all saints.
go to him, but he shall not rem 1 Cor. xiv. 14. For if I pray
With Luke xvi. 25. in an unknown tongue, my spirit
But Abraham said, Son, remember prayeth, but my understanding is that thou in thy lifetime receivedst unfruitful.
thy good things, and likewise IV."[1 John v. 14. See letter k.] Lazarus evil things : but now he 01 Tim. ii. l. I exhort there
is comforted, and thou art torfore, that, first of all, supplications, mented.
Ver. 26. And besides prayers, intercessions, and giving of all this, between us and you there thanks, be niade for all men: Ver. 2.
is a great gulf fixed : so that they For kings, and for all that are in
which would pass from hence to authority ; that we may lead a quiet you cannot ;
neither and peaceable life in all godliness pass to us that would come from and honesty. John xvii. 20. Nei thence.
Rev. xiv. 13. And I ther pray I for these alone, but heard a voice from heaven, sayo for them also which shall believe ing unto me, Write ; Blessed are on me through their word. 2 Sam. vii, 29. Therefore now let it please
the dead which die in the Lord thee to bless the house of thy Spirit
, that they may rest from
from henceforth : yea, saith the servant, that it may continue for
their labours; and their works do ever before thee: for thou, O Lord follow them. God, hast spoken it: and with thy
9 1 John v. 16. If any nan see blessing let the house of thy ser.
his brother sin a sin which is not
turn to ne.
V. The reading of the scriptures with godly fear"; the sound preaching, and conscionable hearing of the word, in obedience unto
. God, with understanding, faith, and reverence *; singing of psalms with grace in the heart"; as also, the due administration and worthy receiving of the sacraments instituted by Christ; are all parts of the ordinary religious worship of God w: besides religious oaths *
unto death, he shall ask, and he For all those things hath mine hand shall give him life for them that made, and all those things have been, sin not unto death. There is a
saith the Lord: but to this man will sin unto death :: I do not say that
I look, even to him that is poor, and he shall pray for it.
of a contrite spirit, and trembleth.at V. "Acts xv. 21. For Moses of my word. old time hath in every city them u Col. üi, 16. Let the word of that preach him, being read in Christ dwell in you richly in all the synagogues every sabbath-day. wisdonı; teaching and admonishing Rev. i. 3. Blessed is he that readeth,
one another in psalms, and hymns, and they that hear the words of this
and spiritual songs, singing with prophecy, and keep those things
grace in your hearts to the Lord, which are written therein: for the Eph. v. 19. Speaking to yourselves time is at hand..
in psalms,, and hymns, and spiritual $.2 Tim. iv. 2. Preach the word, songs, singing and making melody be instant in season, out of season;
in your hearts to the Lord. James reprove, rebuke, exhort, with all
Is any among you afflicted? long-suffering and doctrine.
let him pray:
Is any merry ? let " James i. 22. But be ye doers of him sing psalms. the word, and not hearers only, de
. W Matth. xxviii. 19. Go ye thereceiving your own selves. Acts X. 33. fore and teach all nations, baptizing Immediately therefore I sent to thee;
then in the name of the Father, and and thou hast well done that thou
of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. art come. Now therefore are we
[1 Cor. xi. 23. to.Verse 29.) Acts all here present before God, to hear
ii. 42. And they continued stedfastly all things that are conimanded thee
in the apostles' doctrine and fellowof God. Matth. xiii. 19. When ship, and in breaking of bread, and any one heareth the word of the , in prayers. kingdom, and understandeth it not,
Deut. vi. 13. Thou shalt - fear then cometh the wicked one, and the Lord thy God, and serve him, catcheth away that which was sown
and shalt swear by his name. With in his heart this is he which re
Neh. x. 29. They clave to their ceived seed by the way-side. Heb. brethren, their nobles, and entered iv. 2. For unto us was the gospel into a curse, and into an oath, to preached, as well as unto them : but the word preached did not profit given by Moses the servant of God, them, not being mixed with faith and to observe and do all the in them that heard it. Isa. lxvi. 2.
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